May 9, 2022 – Lincoln Woods State Park – Rhode Island

Today Wilma, Gus, My Mom, and I Adventured to Lincoln Woods State Park in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Lincoln Woods State Park is approximately 627 acres in size, highlighted by Olney Pond. It is popular for walking, equestrian riding, mountain biking, walking, boating, swimming, and fishing. There is no cost to enter the park.

We had a refreshing Adventure to Lincoln Woods State Park. I had been to Lincoln Woods State Park previous to beginning the blog, so this was the first time in many years, and the first time I blogged about the park. We found a scenic place to park and off we went. We walked, and took photographs, especially enjoying the pond, and the new colors of spring. There were boulders throughout, benches, and sandy shores. The sun was shining, but on occasion the wind added a chill to the air. Gus enjoyed lots of chewing, while Wilma enjoyed lots of rolling (haha!) So glad we could explore Lincoln Woods State Park today (Rating: 4).

June 20, 2020 – Brenton Point State Park – Rhode Island

Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to Brenton Point State Park in Newport, Rhode Island.  Brenton State Park can be found on Ocean Drive, the location of a former estate.  Brenton State Park is popular for:  walking, fishing, sitting and relaxing, and kite flying.

We had a coastal Adventure to Brenton Point State Park.  We arrived to find quite the stench, but yet were also greeted by a cool summer breeze.  We began exploring, walking above the rocky shore to see what we could find.  There were spots along the way where we could walk down to the rocks.   Wilma enjoyed wandering, digging in the small rocks, and even played a little bit in the water.  She rolled in the seaweed, and several times began running around me in circles, seemingly celebrating her new environment.  The rocks varied in color, and were unique in texture.  There were flowers, including pink, white and yellow Rugosa, creating a beautiful scene.  The water varied in shade, often highlighted by the underwater seaweed.  These little details of color and textures were all quite spectacular.

Located in the Park we found the Portuguese Discovery Monument dedicated to the Portuguese maritime navigators.  This Memorial was quite unique in style, and provided a special dedication to these navigators.

Besides appreciating the Memorial and wandering on the shore we were eager to explore the carriage trails which contained:  The Bells, the remains of an egyptian manse, and a tower, providing views of the surrounding area.  We had no specific map or idea where to find these sites of curiosity but it did not take long to locate them.  We first found the Tower, with winding stairs to the top.  I was quite eager to take Wilma on her first climbing Tower Adventure (haha).  The first step was very high, but from there we had no trouble venturing to the top.  We were able to see the ocean, and spot the ruins from high above the tree tops.  From there we ventured to the ruins.  The ruins were blocked off by a fence so there was limited viewing, but it was quite interesting to check-out the remains of this manse.  Brenton State Park was simple, but yet had many unique aspects that we appreciated.  It was especially pleasant to enjoy a coastal visit with a pleasant breeze on a very warm day (Rating:  4).

June 20, 2020 – Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse – Rhode Island

Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to the Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse in Newport, Rhode Island.  The Goat Island Lighthouse was initially built in 1823 but later renovated.  The grounds of the Lighthouse are open to the public, but not the Lighthouse itself.  As expected the Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse is located in Newport Harbor.

We had a nautical Adventure to the Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse.  There are few Lighthouses left within a day trip of us, so we were quite excited to visit this Lighthouse.  I was not sure what to expect as I had read that Lighthouse was located behind Gurneys Newport Resort, and seen several reviews indicating you could walk through the lobby.  I was pleased to find available parking and decided to first attempt to walk around this lovely resort, and after a short walk we arrived at the Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse.

The grounds of the Resort were quite busy with sunbathers and guests, but we appeared to be the only visitors after a view of the Lighthouse.  As we got close we noticed the platform to the Lighthouse was blocked off but we were able to get near this fabulous, modern structure.  It was simple, but yet perfectly shaped.  There were views of boats from the shore, and the water shimmered beneath them.  We did not spend a huge amount of time at this Lighthouse as there was just one angle for viewing, and not much else to see.  So glad we were able to see the Newport Harbor/Goat Island Lighthouse today (Rating:  4).


September 21, 2019 – Galilee, Rhode Island

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the small town of Galilee, Rhode Island.  Galilee is located in Point Judith, in the larger town of Naragansett.  It is an authentic fishing town that includes:  a hotel, and several shops and restaurants.  It was named for the historic Bible town of Galilee.  Galilee is especially popular in summer months as it is the location for the Block Island Ferry.

We had a steamy Adventure to the town of Galilee.  I was excited to visit Galilee as I had read about it online, and had quite a wonderful vision floating in my mind.  However, these expectations led to a bit of a let down as I had imagined a beautiful, quiet town away from the hustle and bustle of life.  Instead the town was very crowded, had a tourist feel, and overall was not very scenic.  We of course did not let this information sway our pleasure in exploring a new New England town, and continued on our Adventure.

As expected, Galilee was extremely small.  We wandered around and on the docks, and read various signs about the town along the way.  I especially loved the numerous boats throughout the Harbor, and the sign identifying the many fish of Galilee.  There were several shops and restaurants.  I was quite tempted to get some food (outdoor ordering available for all the dog parents), yet somehow managed to resist the delicious aroma’s as we strolled past.  We were pleased to find some water bowls which Shadow and Wilma sipped in synchronized fashion.  It was fun to visit this little town, and reminded me of my interest in visiting Block Island.  We will definitely have to get some fried seafood the next time we visit the little town of Galilee (Rating:  3).


September 21, 2019 – Beavertail State Park (Includes the Beavertail Lighthouse) – Rhode Island

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, Rhode Island.  Beavertail State Park is a Rhode Island State Park that encompasses 153 acres.  It is located at the Southern end of Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay, and is well known for its beautiful, scenic coastline.  On the site you can view the Beavertail Lighthouse, a 64 foot lighthouse, built in 1856.  There even is a museum and a gift shop at the site.

This was our second Adventure to the Beavertail State Park as Shadow, Buster, and I had been there in August 2016.  Although I blogged about it in our Throwback blog, it is a special location so I decided to share another blog today.

We had a scenic Adventure to the Beavertail State Park.  Upon arrival I could not believe the huge amount of visitors that had transcended to this location.  However, being a long drive we could not resist joining the crowd and exploring the Park.  We walked around the Lighthouse, found various spots along the rocks to climb down and explore, and enjoyed some lounging in the green grass.  There were gigantic, singing waves, beautiful flowers along the shore, lovely textured rocks, and of course the scenic Beavertail Lighthouse.  Before we left we visited a one room aquarium on the grounds.  I had debated entering as Wilma can be quite energetic, and sometimes is nervous of other furry friends.  Nevertheless we entered the aquarium, peaking at the fish and other aquatic wildlife.  This soon became a humorous experience as Wilma began growling at the turtle, and as I was addressing her concern with this new creature I found Shadow drinking out of a low tank – oops.  We scurried out quickly before creating a further scene.

Besides taking in the beauty of this location, highlights of our visit, included:   finding a large tidal pool for Shadow to lay in, observing Wilma’s cheer in the many visitors, and finding a spot in front of the lighthouse to relax, roll, and cherish the coastal time with my best buds.  We will definitely be back for future visits to the Beavertail State Park.  Please see below for photos and videos from our visit today, and our previous visit (Rating:  4)






September 21, 2019 – Rose Nulman Park and Point Judith Lighthouse – Rhode Island

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Rose Nulman Park and the Point Judith Lighthouse in Narragansett, Rhode Island.  The Rose Nulman Park is a public park with benches, and coastal views.  It is a popular spot for surfers.  Abutting the Park is the Point Judith Lighthouse, an active Lighthouse located on the Coast Guard grounds.  The Point Judith Lighthouse was originally build in 1810, although has been reconstructed several time since.

We had a coastal Adventure to the Rose Nulman Park and Point Judith Lighthouse.  Upon arrival I was quite disappointed that the Point Judith Lighthouse was surrounded by tall metal fencing, making it difficult to fully discern, and therefore photograph.  I had known that it was on the Coast Guard grounds but failed to realize that it was inaccessible to the public.  We attempted to wander as close as possible.

After finishing our attempts in viewing the Lighthouse we wandered over to Rose Nulman Park, an area that visually was popular for surfers, and motorcyclists.  We immediately ventured to the edge of the park, high above a steep cliff to the shore.  We noted that there were people relaxing in chairs along this border, many appreciating the show of the numerous surfers.  We then headed down to the end of the Park, eager to find a path to the shore.  Along the way we located some benches, and a memorial.  After strolling through a small, open field we were quite thrilled to find a path to the shore.  The shoreline was steep, and full of rocks, leading to challenging footing.  Shadow was very hopeful to dive into the water, but quite disappointed to find the rocky shore.  Luckily there was a large wave or two to help cool him down a bit, but swimming was unfortunately not an option.  Wilma enjoyed perching on a large rock, viewing the sea.  We attempted to sit for a bit, but the ground was not too cooperative so we soon ventured back up to the land above.  There we found a flat spot in the grass to relax, and roll.  The waves sang their crashing noises, and the coastal scene was quite  gorgeous.  Pleased to visit the Rose Nulman Park and Point Judith Lighthouse today (Rating:  3)




September 21, 2019 – Aunt Carrie’s Ice Cream – Rhode Island

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Aunt Carrie’s Ice Cream in Narragansett, Rhode Island.  Aunt Carrie’s serves dinner, ice cream, and has a gift shop, parts of which are opened seasonally.  The restaurant was built in 1920 and has been family owned since opening.

We had a refreshing Adventure to Aunt Carrie’s Ice Cream.  I was quit thrilled to easily locate an ice cream stand for a snack, and a cool-down on this hot day.  Shadow and Wilma were quite warm so they both enjoyed laying down in the shade of the counter while I ordered our goodies.  I chose coffee ice cream with whip cream, while Shadow and Wilma ordered vanilla (haha).  After receiving our ice cream we found a shady table to sit and devour our treats.  We appreciated the shade and our delicious ice cream, and Shadow of course partook in a happy roll as we departed.  We were all quite happy to locate Aunt Carrie’s Ice Cream for our Adventure today (Rating:  3.5).









September 21, 2019 – Slater Mill Historic Site – Rhode Island

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Slater Mill Historic Site in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  The Slater Mill Historic Site is the birthplace of the American industry, and celebrates the people of the industrial revolution.  The Site includes:  the Slater Mill, the Sylvanus Brown House, the Wilkinson Mill, and a waterwheel.  It also has several gardens, highlighting agriculture of the era.  The Slater Mill Historic Site has a museum, educational center, and also hosts special events including concerts.  It is located on the Blackstone River.

We had a unique Adventure to the Slater Mill Historic Site on an unusually warm September day.  I was eager to visit a Mill as Mills can be quite picturesque, and often include scenic water features.  We arrived to free parking, and an almost empty lot.  We began our journey walking past the entrance to the park on the opposite side of the Site.  I was surprised to find people sleeping, quite a bit of trash, and a popular location for what appeared to be the city’s homeless population.  However, I attempted to appear unphased and headed over to the beautiful brick path, paralleled along and above the Blackstone River.  The sun was shining bright,adding a glare in some photographs, however I attempted to capture the scene.  There was a bridge on one side of the River, and a dam on the other.  We did not spend much time in this open area, and soon wandered to the museum building.

We located some canal-like holes and found it quite odd to find them empty, leaving no possibility of fueling the waterwheel.  This discovery was a bit disappointing as I was hoping to see the waterwheel spinning in action.  However we re-focused our attention on the lovely mill buildings, and the House, beautifully contrasted in color, and gorgeous in style.  We sauntered back and forth ensuring not to miss a building, or landmark.  After viewing the buildings we ventured to the garden, somewhat out of season, but still spotted some brilliant colors along the way. There were several employees watering, and working hard to ensure the garden was in good care.  This area was small but a nice touch admidst the buildings.  Shadow and Wilma appeared to be quickly warm with the heat, but participated in their regular rolls, and sniffing.  Glad we could Adventure to the Slater Mill Historic Site today (This blog will not be rated as only the grounds were explored).


September 7, 2019 – Roger Williams Park – Rhode Island

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island.  This was Shadow and Wilma’s first visit to Roger Williams Park.  Roger Williams Park was created in 1871 when Betsey William donated 102 acres of land to the city.  Some of this land was owned by her great, great, great grandfather Roger Williams who founded Providence, and was one of the founder’s of the state.  It has since grown, now consisting of over 435 acres of land.  The park includes:  walking trails, a carousel, ponds, gardens, sports fields, and the Roger Williams Park Zoo.  It also contains several historic buildings including:  the Botanical Center, the Museum of Natural History, the Casino, and Temple to Music.

We had an enjoyable Adventure to the Roger Williams Park.  Initially I had planned to walk the white diamond trail, a 3.2 mile trail, so this is where we began.  We commenced at the carousel, and found the white diamond trail in front of the boathouse.  The trail soon headed over the road and paralleled the Lake.  We quickly found ourselves alone on a peaceful trail, away from the bustle of a busy Park.  I was disappointed to see some glass along the trail, but luckily the pups did not get any cuts or scratches.  The pond views were lovely, but the algae filled pond slightly skewing the scene.  However, we tried to concentrate on the visual experience, and an energizing walk, eagerly awaiting what might be around the corner.

Upon arrival at the Temple to Music we veered off the trail to view this magnificent structure from all angles.  The Temple to Music is utilized for concerts, and I believe it was constructed of marble.  It quite grand in size, and regally spectacular, just beautiful.  I was disappointed to see goose poop all over the lawn, so we did not stay long, and sauntered over to the sidewalk.  From here I changed my plan to walking around, and exploring the landmarks, and other hot spots throughout the park, versus concentrating on merely one trail.  There were some signs identifying locations, lots of sidewalks to follow, and many statues.

Throughout our visit we especially enjoyed wandering through the Japanese gardens and rose gardens, finding some unique bridges, watching the swan boats float by, and viewing the Bandstand from across Roosevelt Lake.  I loved watching the activities throughout the Park, and appreciated the diversity of the visitors.  Shadow enjoyed his usual rolls although was thoroughly disappointed that swimming was not permitted.  Wilma found some squirrels to chase, her favorite pastime at home.  Rogers William Park is a unique location, with many things to explore.  So glad we could explore Rogers William Park today (Rating:  3.5).



July 23, 2019 – Fort Adams and The Bay Walk – Rhode Island

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Fort Adams State Park and The Bay Walk in Newport, Rhode Island.  Fort Adams was an active Fort from 1841 into the 20th Century.  It is currently open for private tours, and is the location for many events.  Bay Walk is considered part of Fort Adams State Park, and is a 2.2 mile trail that loops around part of the Fort.  It includes coastal views of the Narragansett Bay, and Newport Harbor.

We had a deja vous kind of Adventure as upon arrival everything looked quite familiar. Thrilled for no entrance, or parking fee, we began our visit viewing the front of the Fort soon becoming disappointed that we could not enter the interior.  We therefore decided to ventured directly to The Bay Walk.  The paved trail followed the perimeter of the Fort, along the Bay before heading inland, past the Eisenhower house, and then through the Harbor.  There were many tents and distractions from the historical scenery however I tried to ignore that and concentrate on the main features.  We saw fisherman along the way, lovely wildflowers, and gorgeous boats scattered throughout the Bay.  There was one part where the trail became unclear, however, I knew where we were from our drive in, so continued on with no mis-direction.

My favorite part of this Adventure was what I believe was considered the “Harbor” packed fully with beautiful sailboats.  It made me dream of a boat Adventure with the pups, sailing away from the hub-bib of life.  The Bay Walk was nothing too intriguing but a unique way to experience a nice, long walk.  Upon my return home I was able to track down photographs of a visit that Shadow, Buster, and I had on a chilly April day back in April 2015 – my deja vous solved!.  I have included some of those photographs at the bottom of the photographs and videos from yesterday.  Love that ALL of my pups experienced in a walk at Fort Adams State Park and The Bay Walk (Rating:  3).




April  2015 Adventure